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While things and events appear to be separate in space & time, I believe the perception of discrete objects and the passage of time are illusions.  My words fail to describe the Oneness of everything and the connectedness that I am conscious of. Through this connection comes knowledge not available via normal cognition or human senses, which perceive explicate manifestations of implicate Oneness as dynamic interplay of opposites. By finding balance and losing ego one perceives more: many feel grasped by a power not their own, a few claim experiencing mystical union with God! I believe some people are so in tune with Reality or the universe--and the universe so sympathetic to them--that they are able to exercise power and control over it that defies explanation using either common sense or scientific conceptual framework.  Beyond creation of illusion, I'd say the magic's origin varies.  It may come from special knowledge, use of means such as incantations, amulets, ritual, etc, possession of paranormal gifts, ability to alter consciousness, communication with spirits, etc.  While some may link the latter to religious worship, generally magic is more focused.  The applied spirituality of shamans, who attempt to heal by restoring a personís balance with nature, provides one example.  

WV Theme #7A: Mysticism

WV Theme #7B: Magic

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

values altering consciousness using meditation techniques values causal reasoning known as magical thinking
values what Buddhists call Mindfulness appreciates occult practices
values Monist Idealist Pantheism / Cosmic Consciousness accepts reality of some parapsychology type phenomena (ESP, etc.)
appreciates New Age enthusiasm for Quantum Mysticism values applied spirituality: Shamanism

summary Wikipedia article: Mysticism 

summary Wikipedia article: Magic -- Paranormal

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1111 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1233
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 9 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 324

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #7A:  Mysticism

New Age (from online encyclopedia)
Quantum Mind (from online encyclopedia)]
Theosophy (from online encyclopedia)
Universal Sufism ("based on unity of all people and religions" from online encyclopedia)
Global Consciousness Project (from online encyclopedia)
Transcendentalism and Spirituality
How to Recognize a Mystical Experience
Worldview Watch #37: Defining Life is Worldview Dependent...Duh!  And It's Useful!
New Age Spirituality
the Mystica  (an on-line encyclopedia of the occult, mysticism, magic, paranormal and more)
Inner Self Magazine (spirituality articles)
The New Age Movement (report for Methodist Church)
UU Mystics in Community (group devoted to "exploring and sharing direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder")
Science and Mysticism in the 20th Century
The Seeker Books (Book Reviews and News)
Seeker -- for the seeker of spiritual truth and personal growth
The Journal of the Mindshift Institute
Mystics and Scientists Conferences (links to past conferences put on by The Scientific and Medical Network)
Infinity and the Mind, by Rudy Rucker (2005 book by mathematics professor / sci fi writer,  from Princeton Univ. Press)
The Field, by Lynn McTaggart (website for book promoting belief that human minds are part of a quantum mind)
The Self Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World, by A. Goswami, etal 
The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot  (more about this 1991 classic book from Amazon. com)
Quantum Consciousness ("the new frontier in brain / mind science" researcher Stuart Hameroff's website) 
Consciousness in the Cosmos (essays on the Stoa del Sol website by Beatrix Murrell)
"The Emerging New Worldview," by Paul Helfrich (paper re: conscious creation and "consciousness is cool")
Global Advanced Trait Description: Mystical
The Interpretation of Nature and the Psyche, by Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli (more on this 1952 book) 
Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity, by L. Graham & J. Kantor
"The Forgotten Song" (about the mystical experience of unity, from 1975 book A Course in Miracles read at Google Books)
"The Experience of Unity" by Kurt Dressler (1997 talk by Swiss physics professor)
The Mystic Vision (website of author Anne Baring)
The Thoroughly Modern Mysticism of Matthew Fox, by Wayne G. Boulton  (1990 article by professor of religion)
Modern Mysticism, by Michael Gellert (review of book by California based Jungian analyst)
"Did a Time Traveling Bird Sabotage the Large Hadron Collider?" by Eben Harrell (Nov 11 2009 Time article)
Sensory Experiences in Mystical Traditions (2008 UCTV program)
Explaining Deja Vu, by Michael D. Lemonick (August 9, 2007 Time article about neuroscientists' insights)
The Human Condition, by Kenneth Collier (2007 essay from UU perspective) 
I and Thou, by Martin Buber (classic 1923 described in online encyclopedia article) 
Ego Death and Self Control Cybernetics
quotes related to mysticism in world religions

More to Explore --Worldview Theme #7B: Magic

Pseudoscience  (from online encyclopedia)
Esotericism (from online encyclopedia)
Wishful Thinking (from online encyclopedia)
Imitative or Sympathetic Magic (from online encyclopedia)
Tarot (from online encyclopedia)
Astrology (from online encyclopedia)
Numerology (from online encyclopedia)
Alchemy (from online encyclopedia)
Hoodoo--Folk Magic (from online encyclopedia)
Magic Realism (about the literary genre, from online encyclopedia)
Consciousness (from online encyclopedia)
Practical Kabbalah ("a branch of Jewish mystical tradition that concerns the use of magic", from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch #20: Prayer, Reason, and Drought in Texas
Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition by Stuart Vyse (Google Books / read excerpts of this 2000 book)
The Ecology of Magic, by David Abram  
The Wicca Bible: The Definitive Guide to Magic and the Craft, by A. Gallagher (read excerpts at Google Books)  
Drawing Down the Moon--Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshippers...by Margot Alder (excerpts at Google Books)  
Singing the Soul Back Home: Shamanism in Daily Life by Caitlin Matthews (read excerpts from this 1998 book at Google Books)
Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, by Mircea Eliade (classic 1964 book, from Princeton Univ. Press)
In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion by Scott Atran  (read excerpts of this 2004 book)
Magic in Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch (read summary of 1995 book, download whole book for free as an ebook)
Miracles Magazine (dedicated to "Miracles Happen", in publication since 1985)
"The Future of Magic" by David Blaine (appeared online and in print edition of The World in 2015 from The Economist)
The Boy in the River by Richard Hoskins (review from The Economist of this 2012 book re crime, black magic)
"An Introduction to Modern Paganism" by John Macintyre (text of Oct 27 2011 presentation) 
"Didn't spot the dancing gorilla in famous video? Why people suffer from 'inattention blindness'" (April 11 2011 post on The Daily Mail)
The Chinese Book of Changes, The I Ching--An Introduction by Richard Wilhelm
American Society for Psychical Research
Out of the Body Experience -- A Powerful Tool for Self Research
Paranormal Phenomena
Divination Using Crystals
The Basics of Astrology and Numerology
Magic and Illusion
Power of the Shaman -- Where Does It Come From? 
Shamanism Training in North America
Center for Spirituality & Healing (research, Shaman outreach, etc. on this University of Minnesota website)
Gypsy Magic
History of Fortune Telling (from Parapsychology & Magic website)
quotes related to magic

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